One of the reasons that I love summer so much is that I cook a lot less than I would in the winter. Not because we don't eat or we eat out but because my husband takes over most of the cooking doing it outside on the barbecue. Because we grill so often we like to switch it up and try new flavours for some of our favourite meats and this Bahamian Marinade for Chicken tastes amazing. The chicken doesn't need to be in the marinade for long around an hour in total was perfect. So here it is Bahamian Marinade for Grilled Chicken Breasts and Thighs.
How to Make This Caribbean Marinade for Grilled Chicken
As a family, we love the taste that comes out of the Caribbean islands, coconut, limes, spices and more and this chicken is no exception.
By soaking the chicken in the lime juice before adding the marinade it makes it that little juicier and the bite that the lime brings is delicious.
The soaking of the chicken in the lime is a tradition used in the Caribbean as well as in Central America and although it does add flavour to the chicken it was more of a necessity. The lime being acidic kills the bacteria that is found on the chicken especially when soaked. The taste a delicious bonus.
Don't forget to scroll down for some more ideas for grilling recipes to use on the barbecue this sum
Grilled Bahamian Chicken Breasts
- 4 large chicken breasts
- 1 cup of lime juice From a bottle or freshly squeezed
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic use less if you are not a fan of garlic
- small handful of fresh thyme
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- freshly ground pepper.
- Lay the chicken breasts in a glass dish and pour over the lime juice.
- Turn so that they are coated and then set aside for 5 minutes.
- Turn the chicken breasts and repeat this till the chicken has soaked for 20 minutes.
- In a jug mix together the finely chopped onion, crushed garlic, fresh thyme, olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper.
- When the time is up for the chicken pour off the lime and add the mix.
- Coat the chicken breasts thoroughly with the mix and turn and coat again.
- Cover and place in the fridge.
- Leave to marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes but you can marinate for up to 2 hours.
- Heat the barbecue to a high setting and then place in the hottest part.
- Turn frequently until thoroughly cooked.
- Enjoy with some rice and beans and a salad for some traditional Caribbean flavours.
Shop the Recipe
We don't have a "fancy" kitchen most of the equipment is pretty much what I have had since I first moved out but there are a few things that if you don't have makes cooking family meals throughout the year a little easier. Below are our recommendations for making this recipe.
Used for everything from marinading and storing food in the fridge to desserts and main courses I love my Pyrex dishes I have a few squares, rectangles, ovals and smaller and larger sizes. They can go from the fridge to the oven, have hot liquids poured in them or cold and they don't break. They also wash up really well. Over time I will be replacing our plastic tubs and storage containers with glass ones with lids as they do last longer and are better for the environment.
If your family loves garlic as much as we do it's worth paying a little more for a garlic press. We had one that was enamel and over time the enamel came off leaving red flakes in the food. Then we switched to one that was coated in a metallic finish - again this came off so now we have a stainless steel garlic press and no chance of bits of the coating ending up in our food.
We are fortunate to have a back garden and when we moved one of the first things I did was plant herbs to use in my cooking. However, I also keep herbs indoors in the kitchen and they are so easy to grow. Get a Herb growing kit - this one contains 5 of the herbs that I know I use most in my cooking and you can start off the seeds and grow your own on a window sill or with enough light on the kitchen counter.
More Grilling Recipes for Family Meals and Entertaining
Kabobs, Skewers or Kebabs whatever you call them are great on the grill and these Halloumi and Chorizo ones are easy to make and taste amazing.
Grill pork chops and then serve with a delicious basil and pine nut crust this is perfect for those that love the taste of pesto but can't eat the cheese!